GUSTAV AULÉN AND CHRISTUS VICTOR. In recent years, the theory of atonement known as Christus Victor (“Christ the victor”) has been both championed. The term Christus Victor comes from the title of Gustaf Aulén’s groundbreaking book 1st published in ’31 which drew attention to early Church understanding of. Gustaf Aulen’s classic work, ‘Christus Victor’, has long been a standard text on the atonement. Aulen applies “history of ideas’ methodology to historical theology.
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Sep 07, Erica rated it really liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The atoning sacrifice is the ultimate expression of God’s humility. Men are not able to make the necessary satisfaction, because they are all sinful.
Such a question distorts the classical view.
Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén
The judicial view is later further rationalized by the Protestant Orthodox, including Calvin despite their protest against the medieval Catholicism. He points out the flawed methodology and theological errors Aulen makes. Growing up in vicotr evangelical church, I had always assumed that “penal substitution” was simply the only way of understanding Christ’s atoning work.
I’ve grown up with penal substitionary atonement being the only way of understanding the work of Christ and have chdistus found much more depth and beauty in this classic idea. The Christus Victor model presents the work of Christ as a triumph over the devil, powers demonsbondage of sin, and the “law. The Faith of the Christian Church. Second, Aulen did not interact sufficiently with the primary texts, instead glossing over them as if he didn’t need to aulne his sources.
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The work of salvation thus rest entirely on man. The Orthodox Church still holds to the Christus Victor view, based upon their understanding of the Atonement put forward by Irenaeus, called “recapitulation” Jesus became what we are so that we could become what curistus is.
Luther is a master of juxtaposing the opposites: Aulen deals less with the subjective view, though he treats its main proponents. Rather, Aulen argues that auln “classic” understanding of atonement Christ’s victory over sin and death has the strongest historical precedent.
Christus Victor – New World Encyclopedia
The Mennonite theologian J. If it merely gets the CV theory out it isn’t a total flop, but it still requires zulen qualification and correction. God is unable to justly forgive without satisfying the Law’s demands and since only a man can fulfill man’s obligations to the Law, Christ must become a man in order to keep the Law perfectly and then suffer the punishment intended for us at the hands of his Father.
It is very helpful in adding to or helping you develop your theology on the atonement. Both ransom and satisfaction theories presuppose the radical split common to ancient societies between aristocrats “the good” and everybody else.
Triumphing over the powers, July 15, This book provides an historically-faithful alternative to the substitutionary and exemplary models of the atonement. It was probably assigned for a church history course at seminary, but whether it was for the Ancient class or the Medieval one I no longer recall. It is a brief overview, though, so it does proceed remarkably hastily through a long, and much more complicated history which he admits.
Unfortunately those who came after Luther reverted back to the Latin doctrine and developed it even further until it became the ‘orthodox’ position of the Protestant movement. In fact, this passage specifically describes how Christ descends and becomes the atoning sacrifice for humanity–by “taking the form of a slave, [and] being born in human likeness” Phil.
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The Theology of Augustine. At the end of the book he points out that the “Classic” Christus Victor view has never been and chrsitus never be a “rational” theory or doctrine, but rather a motif, a theme, an Idea.
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It is a familiar idea we hear in Protestant churches. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Since only a man can fulfill mankind’s obligations to the Law and to God, Christ must become a man in order to offer perfect penance to God.
Seeking the Face of God. Someone must pay the wages of sin.